An autosomal dominant neurological disorder caused by de novo variants in FAR1 resulting in uncontrolled synthesis of ether lipids

Sacha Ferdinandusse*, Kirsty McWalter, Heleen te Brinke, Lodewijk IJlst, Petra M. Mooijer, Jos P.N. Ruiter, Alida E.M. van Lint, Mia Pras-Raves, Eric Wever, Francisca Millan, Maria J. Guillen Sacoto, Amber Begtrup, Mark Tarnopolsky, Lauren Brady, Roger L. Ladda, Susan L. Sell, Catherine B. Nowak, Jessica Douglas, Cuixia Tian, Elizabeth UlmSeth Perlman, Arlene V. Drack, Karen Chong, Nicole Martin, Jennifer Brault, Elly Brokamp, Camilo Toro, William A. Gahl, Ellen F. Macnamara, Lynne A. Wolfe, Mercedes E. Alejandro, Mahshid S. Azamian, Carlos A. Bacino, Ashok Balasubramanyam, Lindsay C. Burrage, Hsiao Tuan Chao, Gary D. Clark, William J. Craigen, Hongzheng Dai, Shweta U. Dhar, Lisa T. Emrick, Alica M. Goldman, Neil A. Hanchard, Fariha Jamal, Lefkothea Karaviti, Seema R. Lalani, Brendan H. Lee, Richard A. Lewis, Ronit Marom, Paolo Moretti, David R. Murdock, Sarah K. Nicholas, James P. Orengo, Jennifer E. Posey, Lorraine Potocki, Jill A. Rosenfeld, Susan L. Samson, Daryl A. Scott, Alyssa A. Tran, Tiphanie P. Vogel, Michael F. Wangler, Shinya Yamamoto, Christine M. Eng, Pengfei Liu, Patricia A. Ward, Edward Behrens, Matthew Deardorff, Marni Falk, Kelly Hassey, Kathleen Sullivan, Adeline Vanderver, David B. Goldstein, Heidi Cope, Allyn McConkie-Rosell, Kelly Schoch, Vandana Shashi, Edward C. Smith, Rebecca C. Spillmann, Jennifer A. Sullivan, Queenie K.G. Tan, Nicole M. Walley, Pankaj B. Agrawal, Alan H. Beggs, Gerard T. Berry, Lauren C. Briere, Laurel A. Cobban, Matthew Coggins, Cynthia M. Cooper, Elizabeth L. Fieg, Frances High, Ingrid A. Holm, Susan Korrick, Joel B. Krier, Sharyn A. Lincoln, Joseph Loscalzo, Richard L. Maas, Calum A. MacRae, J. Carl Pallais, Deepak A. Rao, Lance H. Rodan, Edwin K. Silverman, Joan M. Stoler, David A. Sweetser, Melissa Walker, Chris A. Walsh, Cecilia Esteves, Emily G. Kelley, Isaac S. Kohane, Kimberly LeBlanc, Alexa T. McCray, Anna Nagy, Surendra Dasari, Brendan C. Lanpher, Ian R. Lanza, Eva Morava, Devin Oglesbee, Guney Bademci, Deborah Barbouth, Stephanie Bivona, Olveen Carrasquillo, Ta Chen Peter Chang, Irman Forghani, Alana Grajewski, Rosario Isasi, Byron Lam, Roy Levitt, Xue Zhong Liu, Jacob McCauley, Ralph Sacco, Mario Saporta, Judy Schaechter, Mustafa Tekin, Fred Telischi, Willa Thorson, Stephan Zuchner, Heather A. Colley, Jyoti G. Dayal, David J. Eckstein, Laurie C. Findley, Donna M. Krasnewich, Laura A. Mamounas, Teri A. Manolio, John J. Mulvihill, Grace L. LaMoure, Madison P. Goldrich, Tiina K. Urv, Argenia L. Doss, Maria T. Acosta, Carsten Bonnenmann, Precilla D’Souza, David D. Draper, Carlos Ferreira, Rena A. Godfrey, Catherine A. Groden, Ellen F. Macnamara, Valerie V. Maduro, Thomas C. Markello, Avi Nath, Donna Novacic, Barbara N. Pusey, Camilo Toro, Colleen E. Wahl, Eva Baker, Elizabeth A. Burke, David R. Adams, William A. Gahl, May Christine V. Malicdan, Cynthia J. Tifft, Lynne A. Wolfe, John Yang, Bradley Power, Bernadette Gochuico, Laryssa Huryn, Lea Latham, Joie Davis, Deborah Mosbrook-Davis, Francis Rossignol, Ben Solomon, John MacDowall, Audrey Thurm, Wadih Zein, Muhammad Yousef, Margaret Adam, Laura Amendola, Michael Bamshad, Anita Beck, Jimmy Bennett, Beverly Berg-Rood, Elizabeth Blue, Brenna Boyd, Peter Byers, Sirisak Chanprasert, Michael Cunningham, Katrina Dipple, Daniel Doherty, Dawn Earl, Ian Glass, Katie Golden-Grant, Sihoun Hahn, Anne Hing, Fuki M. Hisama, Martha Horike-Pyne, Gail P. Jarvik, Jeffrey Jarvik, Suman Jayadev, Christina Lam, Kenneth Maravilla, Heather Mefford, J. Lawrence Merritt, Ghayda Mirzaa, Deborah Nickerson, Wendy Raskind, Natalie Rosenwasser, C. Ron Scott, Angela Sun, Virginia Sybert, Stephanie Wallace, Mark Wener, Tara Wenger, Euan A. Ashley, Gill Bejerano, Jonathan A. Bernstein, Devon Bonner, Terra R. Coakley, Liliana Fernandez, Paul G. Fisher, Laure Fresard, Jason Hom, Yong Huang, Jennefer N. Kohler, Elijah Kravets, Marta M. Majcherska, Beth A. Martin, Shruti Marwaha, Colleen E. McCormack, Archana N. Raja, Chloe M. Reuter, Maura Ruzhnikov, Jacinda B. Sampson, Kevin S. Smith, Shirley Sutton, Holly K. Tabor, Brianna M. Tucker, Matthew T. Wheeler, Diane B. Zastrow, Chunli Zhao, William E. Byrd, Andrew B. Crouse, Matthew Might, Mariko Nakano-Okuno, Jordan Whitlock, Gabrielle Brown, Manish J. Butte, Esteban C. Dell’Angelica, Naghmeh Dorrani, Emilie D. Douine, Brent L. Fogel, Irma Gutierrez, Alden Huang, Deborah Krakow, Hane Lee, Sandra K. Loo, Bryan C. Mak, Martin G. Martin, Julian A. Martínez-Agosto, Elisabeth McGee, Stanley F. Nelson, Shirley Nieves-Rodriguez, Christina G.S. Palmer, Jeanette C. Papp, Neil H. Parker, Genecee Renteria, Rebecca H. Signer, Janet S. Sinsheimer, Jijun Wan, Lee kai Wang, Katherine Wesseling Perry, Jeremy D. Woods, Justin Alvey, Ashley Andrews, Jim Bale, John Bohnsack, Lorenzo Botto, John Carey, Laura Pace, Nicola Longo, Gabor Marth, Paolo Moretti, Aaron Quinlan, Matt Velinder, Dave Viskochil, Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, Rong Mao, Monte Westerfield, Anna Bican, Elly Brokamp, Laura Duncan, Rizwan Hamid, Jennifer Kennedy, Mary Kozuira, John H. Newman, John A. Phillips, Lynette Rives, Amy K. Robertson, Emily Solem, Joy D. Cogan, F. Sessions Cole, Nichole Hayes, Dana Kiley, Kathy Sisco, Jennifer Wambach, Daniel Wegner, Dustin Baldridge, Stephen Pak, Timothy Schedl, Jimann Shin, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, Quinten Waisfisz, Petra J.G. Zwijnenburg, Alban Ziegler, Magalie Barth, Rosemarie Smith, Sara Ellingwood, Deborah Gaebler-Spira, Somayeh Bakhtiari, Michael C. Kruer, Antoine H.C. van Kampen, Ronald J.A. Wanders, Hans R. Waterham, David Cassiman, Frédéric M. Vaz, Undiagnosed Diseases Network

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Abstract

Purpose: In this study we investigate the disease etiology in 12 patients with de novo variants in FAR1 all resulting in an amino acid change at position 480 (p.Arg480Cys/His/Leu). Methods: Following next-generation sequencing and clinical phenotyping, functional characterization was performed in patients’ fibroblasts using FAR1 enzyme analysis, FAR1 immunoblotting/immunofluorescence, and lipidomics. Results: All patients had spastic paraparesis and bilateral congenital/juvenile cataracts, in most combined with speech and gross motor developmental delay and truncal hypotonia. FAR1 deficiency caused by biallelic variants results in defective ether lipid synthesis and plasmalogen deficiency. In contrast, patients’ fibroblasts with the de novo FAR1 variants showed elevated plasmalogen levels. Further functional studies in fibroblasts showed that these variants cause a disruption of the plasmalogen-dependent feedback regulation of FAR1 protein levels leading to uncontrolled ether lipid production. Conclusion: Heterozygous de novo variants affecting the Arg480 residue of FAR1 lead to an autosomal dominant disorder with a different disease mechanism than that of recessive FAR1 deficiency and a diametrically opposed biochemical phenotype. Our findings show that for patients with spastic paraparesis and bilateral cataracts, FAR1 should be considered as a candidate gene and added to gene panels for hereditary spastic paraplegia, cerebral palsy, and juvenile cataracts.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGenetics in Medicine
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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